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Try Tai Chi to banish the aches and pains of older age

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Our minds may be young but our bodies often let us down. We all get to a point in life where our bodies simply refuse to work properly. It can be frustrating and saddening when it happens and many people choose to sit it out rather than face the pain. Osteoarthritis is a painful joint read more »

Chronic pain can be relieved with Alexander Technique, study shows

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Researchers conducting an 11-month study found that half of chronic pain patients stopped or reduced their medication after learning the Alexander technique. The Alexander technique is a form of therapy that addresses posture and aims to make patients more aware of how they use and move their bodies during day-to-day activities. We often develop bad read more »

Opt for cross-country running over tarmac for healthier joints

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Guardian writer Boff Whalley recently expressed his disbelief that anybody could choose pavement running over the soft, uneven landscape of the countryside. He wrote of the Olympic fever that swept the nation this summer – the influx of amateur runners pacing the city streets in a bid to be the next Jessica Ennis, or Mo read more »

Just breathe – the simple solution to stress

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

In times of intense stress there is always one person to say ‘just breathe’ – a phrase that for a very stressed person is likely to trigger irritation and loathing of the person who said it. Surely it is just another piece of throwaway advice, akin to ‘calm down’, ‘chill out’, ‘don’t let it get read more »

Should Britain end its love affair with sleeping pills?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

We are a nation of pill poppers, with the NHS spending £15.3 million on sleeping pill prescriptions last year alone. But whilst sleep medication does indeed have a place, is it time to stop relying on pills to get us our shuteye and instead seek out alternatives? According to figures pulled together by the Economic read more »

Extreme gym: how to train like an athlete

Monday, July 9th, 2012

It takes a lot more than a couple of lunges and bench-presses at the gym to train like an elite athlete. For a genuine Olympic-style experience, why not try exposing your body to -120 degree temperatures, running on thin-air, or cycling at a simulated altitude of 8,500ft? All three of these specialist (and rather expensive) read more »

Fend off the flu

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

It may be summer (or at least our version of it), but still hundreds of us will find ourselves plagued with runny noses, sore throats and coughing fits in a bout of the dreaded summer flu. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have managed to avoid the sniffles and hacking so far, follow read more »

Volunteers wanted for world’s biggest Parkinson’s study

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Charity Parkinson’s UK is searching for 3,000 Parkinson’s sufferers to take part in a study called ‘Tracking Parkinson’s’, which will look into possible causes of the disease. The charity is investing over £1.6 million into the research and experts hope the findings will improve the chances of finding a cure for Parkinson’s.   Who are they read more »

Rates of liver disease soar in England

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

According to new NHS figures, death rates from liver disease have risen to record levels, increasing by a quarter in less than a decade. The report in question was undertaken by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network and revealed that the number of deaths caused by liver disease in England has risen from read more »

Can fruit and vegetables improve your skin tone and colouration?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Forget fancy face creams and expensive make-up, the key to improving your skin colour and achieving a healthy glow could be as simple as stocking up on vegetables. According to research carried out by students at the University of St Andrews, colouration is more visible in those of us who eat our greens. The researchers read more »